Telluride Regional Airport

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Telluride Regional Airport
TEX is located in Colorado
TEX (Colorado)
Location of the Airport in Colorado
Airport type Public
Owner Telluride Regional Airport Authority
Serves Telluride, Colorado
Elevation AMSL 9,070 ft / 2,767 m
Coordinates 37°57′14″N 107°54′31″W / 37.95389°N 107.90861°W / 37.95389; -107.90861Coordinates: 37°57′14″N 107°54′31″W / 37.95389°N 107.90861°W / 37.95389; -107.90861
Direction Length Surface
ft m
9/27 6,870 2,094 Asphalt
Statistics (2007)
Aircraft operations 26,709
Based aircraft 42
Sources: airport website[1] and FAA[2]

Telluride Regional Airport (IATA: TEXICAO: KTEXFAA LID: TEX) is a public airport six miles west of Telluride, in San Miguel County, Colorado. It is owned by the Telluride Regional Airport Authority. At an elevation of 9,078 feet (2767 m) above sea level,[2] it is currently the highest commercial airport in North America with scheduled passenger flights. Lake County Airport in Leadville, Colorado was highest, at 9,927 feet, but it no longer has a scheduled airline.

Facilities and aircraft[edit]

Telluride Regional Airport covers 542 acres (219 ha) and has one runway, 9/27, 6,911 by 100 feet (2,106 by 30 m).[2] The runway is on a plateau and dips slightly in the center. It can be a challenging[citation needed] approach for pilots. During winter months, about 20%[citation needed] of the scheduled commuter airline flights end up diverting to other airports because of abruptly adverse landing conditions. This is similar to other mountain airports like Sun Valley which have similar statistics.[3] When flying to the Telluride Regional Airport, pilots must be aware of situations surrounding the airfield including high terrain exceeding 14,000 feet (4,300 m), as well as the airport's location on a plateau with a thousand-foot (300 m) drop to the San Miguel River below.[4]

In the year ending April 30, 2007 the airport had 26,709 aircraft operations, average 73 per day: 53% air taxi, 35% general aviation and 12% scheduled commercial. 42 aircraft were then based at this airport: 60% single-engine, 21% multi-engine, 7% jet, 2% helicopter and 10% glider.[2]

Historical and Current Airline Service[edit]

In the 1990s the airport had winter nonstop passenger flights to Los Angeles and Phoenix. SkyWest Airlines Embraer EMB-120s flew nonstop to Los Angeles as United Express while Mesa Airlines de Havilland Canada DHC-8s flew nonstop to Phoenix as US Airways Express. StatesWest Airlines Beechcraft 1900Cs flew nonstop to Laughlin, NV/Bullhead City, AZ continuing to Los Angeles. The only scheduled flights now are Great Lakes Airlines Beechcraft 1900Ds nonstop to Denver. On July 17, Great Lakes Airlines announced that they will discontinue service to Telluride after September 16 due to pilot shortages.[5] The airport has never had scheduled airline jets, though business jets do land at Telluride.


Between April 7 and November 4 of 2009 the Telluride runway was closed for a $24 million runway renovation. The west end of the runway was lowered 30 feet, and the east end 14 ft. The material removed was placed in the center, removing the notorious dip in the middle of the runway. In addition, 41 feet of length was added to the runway and retaining walls were built on the side. In 2010, crews widened the airfield's safety areas from 150 feet to 250 feet, installed an Engineered Materials Arrestor System (EMAS) and finished ancillary aspects of the projects. Work on the EMAS was scheduled at night to prevent disrupting operations. These are designed in part to allow larger aircraft to utilize the airport.[6]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Great Lakes Airlines Denver (service ends 9/16)

Media appearances[edit]

Telluride Regional Airport is the destination in the "Telluride Landing" mission supplied with Microsoft Flight Simulator X.


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